mama's tummy oil
Hey there friends, it's been awhile. A vaca to visit family and a job transfer/move across the country later, here I am! Now that the dust has settled a bit, I thought it high time to share a little DIY I've been using quite regularly these days. Yes, little Nordick number three is on the way!! I figured I best start right away taking care of my tiny (for now, haha) bump. I found two recipes for pregnant mamas to help avoid stretch marks and keep skin moisturized. In the end I put my own spin on it.
Rosehip seed oil, one of the plant oils used, is a highly researched oil and is recommended for healing scars. Bonus, cold pressed rosehip oil is one of the best oils to use on your face. Naturally occurring Vitamin A (retinoic acid) makes this a gem for preventing and smoothing existing wrinkles.
Borage oil, also in this recipe, is another personal favorite of mine. It contains the highest amount of GLA's (gamma linolenic acid), essential fatty acids our bodies can't produce. You can find it in supplement form as well. This beauty is known as a skin soother, regenerating, firming, and wrinkle reducer.
All the oils I'm about to share with you help to seal in moisture and nourish skin. This blend specifically aids in preventing stretch marks. Especially if used regularly. To be more specific, daily.
MAMA's TUMMY OIL
2 T sweet almond oil (cold pressed if possible)
1 T cold pressed wheatgerm oil
1 tsp cold pressed borage oil
1 tsp cold pressed rosehip seed oil
Blend together and pour in bottle with pump dispenser. Use liberally on belly, hips, and thighs. Right after showering is a great time to apply. Enjoy!
You may notice there are no essential oils listed in the recipe. This is intentional. Essential oils are a holistic treatment, meaning when applied to the skin via lotion or carrier oil, not only is it working great things for your skin, also the scent reaches your nostrils sending signals to your brain to help calm, energize etc. And in very little time the scent has entered your bloodstream to help promote healing in the body in relation to the specific oil. Essential oils are a whole body treatment. As beneficial and wonderful as they are, many have not been tested for safety in pregnancy. And no matter what other blog or google searches might say, none should be used on your person in the first trimester. Diffusing? Perhaps. Especially the gentler oils like lavender and chamomile. Valerie Ann Worwood is an expert on the essential oils and has a list of oils safe to use during pregnancy.
Okay, there's my two cents on essential oils in pregnancy. If you try Mama Belly Oil give me a shout out in the comment box below! You might also try using this is a luxurious body oil for upcoming autumn months. Until next time . . .